[ uh-demp-shuh n ]
/ əˈdɛmp ʃən /

noun Law.

the failure of a legacy because the subject matter no longer belongs to the testator's estate at death.

Origin of ademption

1580–90; < Latin ademptiōn- (stem of ademptiō) a taking away, equivalent to adempt(us) (ad- ad- + em(p)-, stem of emere to take + -tus past participle suffix) + -ion- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ademption


/ (əˈdɛmpʃən) /


property law the failure of a specific legacy, as by a testator disposing of the subject matter in his lifetime

Word Origin for ademption

C16: from Latin ademptiōn- a taking away, from adimere to take away, take to (oneself), from ad- to + emere to buy, take
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